Design · Fashion · Performativity

The Alternative Limb Project

The Alternative Limb Project offers a personal and friendly bespoke service, which provides unique prosthetics to blend in with the body or stand out as a unique piece of art, reflecting the wearer’s imagination, personality and interests. We will involve the wearer in all stages of the process from conception of ideas to the final work. An alternative-style limb can help to break down social barriers, delight the eye and provide an unusual talking point. Text and Images via ALP

Stereo leg front view.

Close up of Ryan Seary’s Removable Muscle leg, photog by Omkaar Kotedia.

Kiera Roche wearing a floral leg fitted at ProActive Prosthetics

Design · Fashion · Science

Periodic Bling

ITSNONAME (INN) is an American husband and wife design brand. With over 20 years collective experience within the art, graphic design, interactive design, fashion & advertising industries, the duo takes cues from nature and science to deliver intuitive design creations.

Bio · Design · Fashion · Science · Technology

Ultra-Thin Circuits On Your Skin

Transistors. Resistors. Capacitors. Inductors. Diodes. RF antennas. Inductive coils. Lithium ion batteries. These are the components of microprocessors, wireless communications, and energy storage. Today you’ll find them in your phone. Tomorrow, you may wear them right on your body.

Research by John Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois, has woven each of these technological building blocks into incredible skin-wearable circuits. They stick on your skin with a stamp. They can stretch and flex with the natural movements of your body, lasting about two weeks until they flake off from natural exfoliation. And since they’re in direct contact with the skin, they can integrate with you more seamlessly than the iPhone, Nike+ Fuelband or any other wearable product that’s been conceived to date.

“Our aim is to enable hardware that integrates much more naturally with the body,” Rogers says. “Conventional hard electronics, built on silicon wafers in the usual way, are unacceptable for generalized, everyday continuous use and monitoring, due to extreme mismatches in shape, weight and stiffness from tissues of the body.”

Excerpt from an article written by Mark Wilson at Co.Design. Continue HERE

Design · Earthly/Geo/Astro · Fashion

The Space History SALE

Space History auctions focus on space exploration from the early days of Project Mercury and Vostok through the Gemini missions, the historic Apollo moon landings, Soyuz, Skylab, ASTP, and beyond.

The auctions feature photographs, flight plan sheets, Robbins medallions, models, patches, emblems, flags, lunar surface equipment and other hardware, much of it flown and often signed and inscribed by astronauts and cosmonauts such as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Yuri Gagarin.

The sales take place annually in New York, and highlights have included Armstrong’s “One Small Step for a Man” signed quotation ($150,000), the Apollo 11 lunar surface star chart ($218,000) and Leonov’s 1975 ASTP space suit ($240,000). Bonhams is a market leader in this rapidly growing field. Go to Bonhams for more info.

Sold for US$ 9,375 inc. premium: SOVIET SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE ENGINE. Liquid propellant sustainer powerplant, designed by the bureau of celebrated rocket engine designer Alexei M. Isayev. 39 x 14 x 14 inches, approximately 140lb when crated. Constructed of various alloys, one duct with cloth tape insulation and paper label reading “20[Cyrillic D]6510-30/3,” various inspection marks mostly in red. Apparently unfired.

Sold for US$ 8,125 inc. premium: Flown packet of dehydrated Potato Soup, 7 x 8 inches. An attached identification label reads: “POTATO SOUP, 5 oz. hot water, 5 – 15 minutes, 058” with an inspection stamp. On the reverse side an additional tag reads: “SERIAL NO. FAU 473.” Included is a Typed Letter Signed by FRED HAISE. Potato Soup carried on the Apollo 13 flight but not consumed.

Art/Aesthetics · Design · Fashion · Human-ities · Performativity · Videos

Archaeological Hairstyling: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head

By day, Janet Stephens is a hairdresser at a Baltimore salon, trimming bobs and wispy bangs. By night she dwells in a different world. At home in her basement, with a mannequin head, she meticulously re-creates the hairstyles of ancient Rome and Greece.

Ms. Stephens is a hairdo archaeologist.

Her amateur scholarship is sticking a pin in the long-held assumptions among historians about the complicated, gravity-defying styles of ancient times. Basically, she has set out to prove that the ancients probably weren’t wearing wigs after all.

“This is my hairdresserly grudge match with historical representations of hairstyles,” says Ms. Stephens, who works at Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa, which offers circa 21st-century haircuts.

Excerpt from an article written by ABIGAIL PESTA at the WSJ. Continue HERE

Analysis and recreation (upon a live model) of the “seni crines” hairstyle of ancient Rome’s Vestal Virgin priestesses. Research based on ancient artifacts and primary sources. An amplificaton of the poster presented at the Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting, January 3-6, 2013.

Janet Stephens’ recreation of a possible tutulus hairstyle, ca. 40 BC using period appropriate tools and techniques. Based on a sculpture in the Capitoline Museum, Rome. Bibliography included.

More Info on Jane Stephens:

Janet Stephens: Intrepid Hairdressing Archaeologist
Jane Stephens’ YouTube

Design · Fashion · Technology

The anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf

Building off previous work with CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection, Stealth Wear continues to explore the aesthetics of privacy and the potential for fashion to challenge authoritarian surveillance. Presented by PRIMITIVE at TANK MAGAZINE HQ will be a suite of new designs, made in collaboration with NYC fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield, that tackle some of the most pressing and sophisticated forms of surveillance today. Including:

The anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.

The XX-shirt: a x-ray shielding print in the shape of a heart, that protects your heart from x-ray radiation

And the Off Pocket: an anti-phone accessory that allows you to instantly zero out your phone’s signal

Accompanying each project will be videos and tests revealing the process behind each technology and counter technology.

In Privacy We Trust,

Adam Harvey

All text via Adam Harvey

Design · Fashion · Performativity

Masks by Bertjan Pot

Bertjan Pot wanted to find out if by stitching a rope together he could make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy. When Bertjan was about to give up on the carpet, Vladi (his colleague and friend) came up with the idea of ​​shaping the rope into masks.